Prepress

All jobs go through a process called preflighting before we put them into production. During preflighting, our team reviews and processes the files in order to find any potential problems that would cause delays while we print your project.

Ready to upload your files? We use Kodak InSite, which is a  Prepress Portal System that streamlines job submission, job-status tracking, online collaboration, and remote proofing for approval. Please take a moment to review our artwork guidelines before submitting your files. Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. Our great customer service and prepress teams are happy to help!

Artwork Guidelines

1. File Name

Keep the name simple (under 18 characters). Use the company, project name, and/or PO Number to help identify the file(s).

2. Page Size/Panel Sizes

Your document size should be the same size as the final trimmed size, which is specified on your quote. When setting up your document, please plan ahead for any folds or sizing issues to ensure proper function of your project. If your project is saddle stitched, build your document in reader's spreads with facing pages but when creating the pdf, uncheck spreads in the saving dialog options.

3. Bleeds

A bleed occurs when the ink prints off the edge of the paper. Please allow .125 (1/8) inch of extra artwork off the trim edge of your project.

4. Color

No RGB graphics or text should be in your files. RGB is used for viewing images on a monitor and won't translate well for printing. Acceptable color formats are CMYK, Pantone Spot Color, and Metallic Spot Color Ink. Two color or multiple spot printing can be set up with pms (Pantone Matching System®) colors. For black type/text, always use 100% black (not 4-color build or registration black). IMPORTANT: Do not attach any color profiles to any files (images, documents, pdf files)! The Color Management setting should be set to "same as source" (no color management).

5. Images

EPS or TIF file formats are the standard of the industry for high resolution images. 300 dpi (resolution) is for high quality printing. If using Photoshop to create your artwork, please flatten layers before saving and putting into your document. If not flattened, the images will appear low resolution.

6. Fonts

PDF files must have fonts embedded.  When submitting .eps or .ai files, please have all text in outlines. Both screen and printer files used in your document must be submitted when providing raw/native files for print.

7. Acceptable File Formats

Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), Illustrator (.eps, .ai or .pdf), Adobe Photoshop (.psd, .tif or .pdf), Adobe InDesign (.indd, .eps or .pdf), QuarkXPress (.qxp, .eps or .pdf), Postscript Files (.ps). If you use Publisher, Word or any other type of program other than what's specified here, please provide a (.pdf) or (.ps).

8. Proofread

Please spell check your documents and review all information to ensure accuracy.

9. Print Guide

When possible, send a hard copy to show folds, perfs, and/or cuts.

10. Dielines

Create a new spot color in the color palette called dieline. Make the dieline a spot color, 1 pt thickness, and set the line to Overprint.